Assassin’s Creed Mirage is taking the gameplay back to its roots and taking a few RPG elements from the last three entries in the franchise. As a result, Ubisoft has created a game that does not demand too much grind nor compromises on getting gear easily. While players get to customize swords, daggers, outfits, tools, and skills, the latter has a far-reaching impact on overall gameplay.
Skills in Assassin’s Creed franchise have always been about bolstering the protagonist’s strength. So far, stealth and combat have remained at the heart of all games, with skill upgrades further tailoring the experience a player would want. I can confidently say that Assassin’s Creed Mirage repeats the same formula but in a much more concise and succinct manner than the last three entries.
This, by any means, is not indicative that AC Mirage is no fun. In fact, I find it much more interesting and refreshing after having played the last three games for countless hours. Short skill trees and focused core mechanics each offer. Maybe that’s why this one’s holding my attention this time around. I digress; let’s get into this Assassins Creed Mirage Best Skills list!
Bottom Line Up Front
If you’re in a rush, here is a rundown of the best skills in AC Mirage.
- Assassin’s Creed Mirage features 24 skills spread across three unique skill trees.
- Players can invest skill points into unlocking skills from Phantom, Trickster, and Predator skill trees.
- The Trickster skill tree relies heavily on tool usage playstyle and remaining silent during exploration and combat.
- The Predator skill tree is inclined more towards Eagle Vision, Basim’s trusted companion Ekindu’s skills, and very powerful stealth-based skills such as Stealth Recon.
- For initiates who want chaos, carnage, and swordplay every now and then in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the Phantom skill tree is specially tailored for brute skills and first-hand combat experience.
- Players can unlock every single skill in all three skill trees, but it will take a very long time to accumulate a total of 60 plus skill points.
- AC Mirage does not have an XP system where you can farm it for the skill points. Instead, players will need to play story missions, contracts, and other side quests to get more skill points.
Skills are the backbone of the gameplay elements in AC Mirage, be it open-world exploration, looting gear from chests tucked away behind closed rooms, or murdering guards posted at the outposts. With 24 skills in the game, narrowing down the top 10 is tough. Nevertheless, I devised criteria and picked the best skills in AC Mirage based on the following parameters:
- Frequent Usage: There are a lot of skills that will hardly be of any use to you. Therefore, it is wise to unlock only a few that you use frequently, especially in combat or while being stealthy. I consider Enkidu’s skills of little value as I never felt enough need to rely on them.
- Utility: Practical application of skills was the go-to approach that helped me decide which ones are the best worth unlocking. Skills such as Auto-Collect, Elixir Pocket, and Knife Pocket are some of the best utility skills in AC Mirage that should be unlocked as soon as possible in the game.
10. Auto Collect
When you start Assassin’s Creed Mirage, you do not have any skill unlocked. The Auto-Collect skill was the first choice for me because of the increased utility it offered. Killing guards from the shadows is the go-to tactic in AC Mirage, but then the hassle of looting the bodies feels more like a chore and less fun.
To bypass this extravagant mechanic that is absolutely unnecessary, I believe that the Auto-Collect skill is one of the best early-game skills in Assassin’s Creed Mirage players should invest blindly. Basim will automatically loot his targets automatically after killing them via stealth attacks or assassinations.
Unlocking the Auto-Collect requires one skill point you will eventually earn by playing the first few missions after the prologue chapter. The best case use that I found for this skill in AC Mirage is when you infiltrate a heavily guarded building with guards spaced closely. You can assassinate targets back-to-back and loot the corpses in one fell swoop.
The Ancient Greece of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey featured an era of the Peloponnesian War and tall buildings, statues, and massive sculptures for Kassandra or Alexios to climb. While AC Mirage doesn’t have the towering marvels seen in AC Odyssey, jumping from an abysmally high point still causes Basim to take damage.
So, how would one stop hurting the knees of their loved protagonist from Baghdad, featuring a macho beard, Assassin’s cloak, and sporting the wrist blade after cutting off the ring finger? The best answer I can give you is to buy/unlock the Breakfall skill from the Phantom skill tree in Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
There are always moments of mishap when you climb a tall architecture just to hit the “Synchronize” prompt and scan the surrounding area. One of the absurd ones is mistakenly pressing the wrong directional button and jumping off your protagonist abruptly, turning the leap of faith into a leap of death.
To avert such unwanted situations, investing in unlocking the Breakfall skill early in Assassin’s Creed Mirage will easily turn out to be a wise decision. Basim will automatically execute a landing roll, breaking the fall damage that otherwise could have been lethal.
You still take some damage if the jump height is too much, but having this skill unlocked early in the game is handy in many situations, such as exploration, combat, or random rooftop parkour routine.
After you complete the Prologue Chapter in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, you can call your eagle buddy Enkidu. The baseline mechanics of your trusted bird is to spot or tag enemies in a certain area and to give you a birds-eye view so that you can plan your move accordingly.
Enkidu in AC Mirage can do much more than act as a companion in the air. However, what Enkidu can or cannot do depends on how much you invest into the Predator Skill tree. That is why one of the best early-game skills in Assassin’s Creed Mirage in the Predator skill tree is Pathfinder.
After infiltrating buildings and large-sized but heavily guarded establishments in AC Mirage, I felt that Enkidu was not helpful besides tagging enemies for me to spot from walls. Luckily, the Pathfinder skill is the quick upgrade I gave to the eagle, and after that, it spotted guards carrying Keys to locked rooms, highlighted loot and gear chests, and made finding the secret entrances a breeze.
7. Chain Assassination
Most enemies that you will encounter in Assassin’s Creed Mirage are loosely spaced out from each other. However, they are made to circle in a loop, and at least two will cross paths occasionally. If you jump on any of them, there is a high chance the other will find you, blowing your stealth game in the process.
To keep hunting guards from the shadows while playing story missions or contracts in AC Mirage, unlocking the Chain Assassination skill from the Phantom skill tree that costs three skill points is an investment worth consideration.
Once you’ve mastered the best usage of this skill, your stealth game will rival the best of the “Hidden Ones” that never stepped out of the shadows while hunting their prey. When Basim kills an enemy via assassinate button prompt, he can continue the chain by throwing a knife (if an enemy is a little further than your position) or killing another nearby target immediately.
6. Air Strike
The early game skills in Assassin’s Creed Mirage make Basim as useful as possible while exploring the open world or slice and dice enemies in combat. When you enter the mid to late game, there are so many fancy skills to unlock that could make Basim look like he came from a flamboyant side of The Creed.
Air Strike skill in the Phantom Skill Tree costs three skill points, which is not cheap as you need to unlock previous ones, but the end game is you turn Basim’s boring air assassinations into slow-mo headshot landing knife attacks. This is cool for two reasons: taking screenshots via photo mode and jumping from heights without worrying about the fall damage.
I list the Assassin’s Creed Mirage Air Strike skill as the mid-game abilities of Basim. That is because to be able to unlock this skill, you can either play at least 8 hours of story missions or complete many contracts that reward you exclusively with skill points, not weapons, Tokens, or other gear stuff.
5. Elixir Pocket
By default, Basim carries two Elixirs that serve the purpose of replenishing the lost health. If you run out of Elixirs, you must either buy them from the merchants or loot small chests mostly found in the guard-occupied strongholds or buildings. AC Mirage is not Dark Souls, where you could just restock your Estus Flask by sitting at Bonfire or if you die and come back: every resource here has a price!
Here is what I found interesting. Even though the Elixir Pocket skill can be unlocked in the first few hours of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, I could not help but notice increased reliance on this item only during mid and late-game. But that could also be because I have never gone down the road of head-on combat and always preferred stealth-style gameplay every now and then.
Basim is equipped with many skills and special equipment, making stealth-style the go-to combat engagement in AC Mirage. But hey, if you exhibit zero patience and negligible tendency to wait for your prey inside bushes only to strike him down 30 seconds later, you can just unsheathe Basim’s sword and strike the enemy down in half of this time.
For a reckless playstyle like this, The Elixir Pocket is undoubtedly the best Assassin’s Creed skill in the Trickster skill tree.
4. Knife Recovery
Throwing Knife is by far the best equipment you will unlock for Basim in the early hours of Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Even though you can upgrade this equipment from Tier 1 to Tier 3, nothing beats or even comes close to it when you draw parallels between the upgrades versus buying the Knife Recovery skill.
This is because the Knife Recovery skill allows Basim to retrieve all knives hurled at an enemy or killed via a headshot. Simply walk past the corpse and recover the thrown knife. You get this skill from the Trickster Skill tree for three skill points.
You will find extreme utility of the Knife Recovery skill in AC Mirage while trying to slip through the watchful guards in stealth mode. Picking up targets from a distance becomes a breeze as you get to retrieve the thrown knives. Think of this as an equivalent of a 1-shot sniper rifle with unlimited ammo. Sounds fun, right? At least, it is for me.
Sure, you will lose blades if you do not recover them, but that is not why you unlocked this Assassin’s Creed Mirage Trickster skill in the first place.
3. Counter Roll
Basim can usually kill enemies with one knife-throw headshot or assassinate button prompt in stealth mode. This changes when you enter combat and fight with the armored guards that are basically immune to any hit you land upfront. It is like an invisible metal wall that hinders attacks from connecting enemies with Basim’s steel swords.
The only option at the table in situations like these is to get behind the armored enemy and land 3 to 4 strikes. Rinse and repeat this process, and you will kill the target. But where is the fun in that? I certainly never found this approach enticing.
Things change massively when you invest four skill points in unlocking the best skill in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the Counter Roll. This Phantom skill tree basically allows Basim to roll over an enemy and attack his exposed back should you dodge the unblockable attack just as it lands.
I find the best use case of this skill against armored enemies, and while fighting the Shakiriyya elite guards that chase you relentlessly. Both enemy types have a strong tendency to throw unblockable attacks at Basim occasionally, giving you enough room to strike back using the Counter Roll skill available at your disposal.
The easiest method to unlock the Counter Roll skill faster in Assassin’s Creed Mirage is by investing heavily in the Phantom Skill tree only. You will need 13 skill points in total to unlock the Counter Roll, as 9 skill points will go into unlocking the precursor skills.
2. Extra Tool Capacity 1
I have played Assassin’s Creed Mirage for more than 9 hours at the time of writing, with at least 7 hours of using a single tool: the Throwing Knife. This is something that I was proud of at first, as using the throwing knife in tandem with the Knife Recovery skill, as mentioned above, is the best combo I have found so far.
But as I progressed into the mid to late-game segment and unlocked another assassin equipment using the Extra Tool Capacity 1, I began to see the benefits of running with more than just one tool. The Extra Tool Capacity 1 basically gives you another option to unlock a tool from the remaining 4 locked ones.
For the most part of my playthrough in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, I have prioritized stealth playstyle over direct confrontation. All tools are intrinsically designed to encourage stealth gameplay, so I leaned more toward unlocking the Smoke Bomb tool using the Extra Tool Capacity 1.
The Smoke Bomb has been a game-changer ever since I started abusing it at crowded mobs patrolling a high-profile target or killing an Order member who is protected by a handful of guards in a tight room, leaving little to no opportunity for being reckless.
Just pop a smoke bomb at your target, and the smoke engulfs everyone in a small radius. This is the cue for Basim to step into the red mist, assassinate everyone, and get out safely. Even if you’re caught trying to run away, just use another smoke bomb and vanish from prying eyes. It is literally that easy!
1. Stealth Recon
Since I have tailored 90% of my playstyle so far in Assassin’s Creed Mirage towards stealth, unlocking the Stealth Recon skill in the Predator skill tree is by far the best investment I’ve had. Initially, I hand-picked skills across all three skill trees. Later, I had to reset all skills and try this ultimate stealth skill that sits at the end of the Predator skill tree.
You will need 5 skill points to unlock the Stealth Recon skill and a total of nine more skill points to unlock skills that come before this one. Whenever Basim walks in crouched mode near enemies, he can see everyone in its vicinity, even through the walls. The best part is that you also get to see the enemy’s line of sight, making it easier to spot if your next target is in or out of the enemy’s line of sight.
You will hardly need Enkidu’s help, as Basim can pretty much spot enemies on the go.
- Interestingly, Stealth Recon is the only skill in Assassin’s Creed Mirage that costs 5 skill points.
- This alone puts emphasis on how badly developers want you to play AC Mirage from stealth as opposed to the direct combat engagements we have experienced in AC Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins.
All 3 Skill Trees In Assassin’s Creed Mirage
While the previous installment in the AC series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla featured 38 skills divided into three skill trees, AC Mirage features a total of 24 skills further categorized into three skill trees.
The skills found in the Phantom skill tree are geared more toward direct combat style. The Kick Back, Chain Assassinations, Focus Boost, and Counter Roll are some of the best Assassin’s Creed Mirage skills in the Phantom skill tree. You can make a pure combat-focused build by mastering the entire skill tree and pairing it with the best sword and dagger.
On the other hand, the skills listed in the Trickster skill tree emphasize the art of being stealthy and subtle. Skills such as Auto-Collect, Knife Recovery, Pickpocket Master, and Engineer encourage you to be creative with tools and avoid getting caught.
Lastly, the Predator skill tree heavily focuses on strategy, planning, and attacking enemies from the shadows. I would say this skill tree is 50% about unlocking stealth-oriented skills and 50% for Enkidu and Eagle Vision ones. The Emergency Aim, Vision Boost, Enkidu Acuity 2, and Stealth Recon are top-tier skills in the Predator skill tree of Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
When it comes to the question of the best skills in AC Mirage, I believe it all boils down to how a player experiences the combat, exploration, and general approach toward missions. At the end of the day, developers are not forcing a dedicated playstyle with a select few skills. Instead, the game offers at least 3 obvious playstyles: stealth, combat, and hybrid of two.
With all this in mind, I have given a detailed overview of the 10 best skills in Assassin’s Creed Mirage and why you should prioritize getting them in the first place should your playstyle match mine, as discussed in this guide.
Question: Can you unlock all skills in all skill tress of AC Mirage?
Answer: Yes, you can have all the skills unlocked in the game, but that will require you not just to play the entire story mode but also to complete the Contract missions, especially those that reward skill points.
Question: How many skill points are required to unlock one complete skill tree in AC Mirage?
Answer: Roughly, you will need at least 20 – 25 skill points to unlock the entire skill tree. The Predator skill tree requires the longest skill investment, with the Trickster being the shortest.
Question: Can I get skill points by killing enemies in AC Mirage?
Answer: No, Assassin’s Creed Mirage pivots from traditional RPG mechanics by not offering XP or experience points by doing random activities such as killing enemies. Instead, if you want to accrue skill points, players must play the story missions and complete contracts that reward skill points.